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What is stainless steel jewelry? Are people allergic to it?

What is stainless steel jewelry? Are people allergic to it?

It depends: "stainless steel" is a carbon based metal. However, most "stainless steel" - even so called "surgical stainless" will contain other metals in trace amounts. If people are allergic to nickel or chromium, if their stainless steel has enough of those metals in it, they might have a reaction. ...Read more

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I am allergic to surgical steel what type of jewelry can I use?

I am allergic to surgical steel what type of jewelry can I use?

Nickel allergy: Most surgical steel allergy is to the nickel alloy. Avoid any nickel alloy plating. Yellow gold is usually safe, but avoid silver. Platinum may also be safe but check with the jeweler and ask for the purity of all metals purchased. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to stainless steel earrings?

Yes: Nickel or chromium are metals that are often "mixed" with stainless steel to give it more durability, or shine, or strength. Thus, if one is allergic to nickel or chromium, they can have a reaction to stainless steel earrings. ...Read more

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Should a person allergic to metal (or the nickel in it) have a reaction to stainless steel ?

Metal allergy: Ideally you should be fine, unless there is nickel in it, there are kits you can buy to test jewelry for nickel content. ...Read more

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What metals in jewelry are people usually allergic to?

What metals in jewelry are people usually allergic to?

Metal allergy: The most common metals associated with contact dermatitis allergy are nickel, cobalt, gold sodium thiosulphate. The T.R.U.E. Test can help clarify if these metals are implicated with the contact allergy associated with rash. Here is a link for more information on the T.R.U.E. Test: http://www.smartpractice.com/Apps/WebObjects/SmartPractice.woa/wa/content?f=product-truetest.html&m=SPA ...Read more

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What are the best metals for someone who is allergic to cheap jewelry?

What are the best metals for someone who is allergic to cheap jewelry?

Gold and Platinum: People who are allergic to "cheap jewelry" are usually allergic to nickel and/or chromium. Though contact allergy can occur to any metal, the lowest rates of reaction are (unfortunately for some) to the more expensive metals like gold and platinum. The higher the quality, the less likely there is for a reaction. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to nickel and palladium, what kind of jewelry can I wear?

If I am allergic to nickel and palladium, what kind of jewelry can I wear?

18k or Platinum: My wife is a jeweler and she says platinum always works. 18k as long as no nickel is used in the mixture. ...Read more

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Is fake silver jewelry likely to make me itch if allergic to nickel?

Is fake silver jewelry likely to make me itch if allergic to nickel?

Yes: Nickel and chromium are often mixed with silver to make it more durable and less likely to tarnish. If you are allergic to nickel, than very likely, "fake silver" jewelry will cause a reaction as it is likely to contain nickel. ...Read more

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Can a metal allergy test be used in determining what type of earrings or jewelry one can wear?

Can a metal allergy test be used in determining what type of earrings or jewelry one can wear?

Yes: You can get a patch test by an allergist that can determine if you're allergic to different things. The most common is a nickel allergy. It can easily be diagnosed by just your history and skin reaction to the offending agent. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to nickel as found in jewelry. Can I wear chrome plated jewelry without itching or breaking out?

I'm allergic to nickel as found in jewelry. Can I wear chrome plated jewelry without itching or breaking out?

Chrome over nickel: Purely "chromed" jewelry should be fine, but some are actually chromium-plated over nickel(making it more durable), thus once the chromium is worn-off exposing nickel you can still have trouble. Typically the reaction is slow and so if you start to have any trouble with the chromed/nickeled product, stop using asap and you should be fine. Topical steroid helps the rash. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more